Telessa eyes opened to the darkened room, the crimson orbs searched the darkness for what had woke her. At the moment all she could hear was inhalations and exhalation of Jubul who slept at her side. After laying in the darkness for a few moments she reached down her hand gently lifting and removing his arm from where it sat, inches under the well bandaged of wound that was still in healing. Even in his sleep, aware of her hurt and careful to not to touch them. Her lips turn up as she slides out of bed gently as possible to not wake him.
She left the darken room, her bare feet silent on the floor as she descended to the main part of the ship. As she stepped off the last step, she heard the soft buzz-beep of the comm terminal on the starship's controls. Her lips pressed in a frown in confusion, as her steps hurried forward. She was unsure why someone would try to contact her through the ship and not her personal comm.
From the moment she entered the cockpit, she could tell by the blinking light that she had missed two other attempts of communication. Her stomach dropped and a chill of trepidation ran up her spine. Quickly she hit the comm button at the 5th Buzz-beep, "Hello"
"Ba'vodu! " a choked up obviously upset child voice came over the room speaker.
The feeling of trepidation turn into dread in an instance.. "Leyna, is everything ok? Where is your Buir?"
There was a sniffle and what felt like an impossibly long pause before she answered. "Buir is with Than'ryn sleeping. " Another sniffle, and an audible gasp of air. "Ba'vodu, when are you coming home again. I miss you.. " the child voice quivered with emotion.
Telessa's emotions shifted from dread to a small ache, her voice softens as she speaks to the girl. "I miss you to Ley'ika, when I can visit. I promise I will. " she moves to one of the chairs at the ship console and sits. She couldn't ignore the fear she heard in the usually confident strong child, nor could she ignore the feeling of helplessness at the moment. "Are you ok Ley'ika? What happened?"
What ever mild attempt of control Leyna had managed up to this point, fell to a flood of tears and cries at that question. The words she spoke jumbled together incoherently between the small sobs and gasps for breath and hiccups as she explained the dream. "You were taken away Ba'vodu, the evil in the sky took you away, and we couldn't stop it.. You were gone.. I thought you were gone. "Her small voice trembled as the sobbing subsided once more, "I thought you were already gone Ba'vodu, I don't want you gone."
Telessa leaned forward in the chair, moving closer to the open speaker as Leyna broke down again. The blue skin of her hand paled to almost white as she gripped the edge, and her jaw clenched hearing the fear and panic in Leyna's voice. Once again she felt helpless and wondered if she should call Meylinn to wake her so Leyna wasn't alone. Leyna's last words made Telessa's throat constrict for a moment with her own emotions."Shh.. shhh.. " she said softly into the comm in a comforting manner, her voice softened again, a tone that the child was familiar with. "I am ok Ley'ika, I am not gone and no evil from the sky took me. I'm on the Valisara right now. It's ok ad'ika, I'm safe, it was just a dream." there was a sniffle in response.
"When you come here can I sleep in Valisara with you? " she asked meekly.
"Yes, I think I would enjoy that but we should ask your buir first. " Telessa said softly.
"Than'ryn has been sick, Buir been so tired I didn't want to wake her. " There was a small pause and a sniffle, the child's breath evening out. "I took the old communicator." the last part muffled as she obviously was wiping her face. "I miss you Tela."
A smile touched her lips, and she felt a warmth fill her. "I miss you to Ley'ika. I will come visit as soon as i am free to. " Her voice still soft, "I will bring more items for you to fix as well. How do you like that idea?"
"Really? " for the first time, there was no fear in her voice. "Thank you Tel-llaaa" Tele's name exaggerated by a yawn.
"Really ad'ika. Do you feel better? " Tele asked softly.
"Are you tired?"
"I don't know.. " her voice evidently sounding tired.
"Well if you have the communicator, take it to the bed I can talk with you a bit more. "
"Will you sing me the song?" Leyna asked softly, her voice hopeful.
Telessa chuckles softly, her voice filled with warmth. She knew the song Leyna spoke of, it was a song she had remembered from Csilla. One of the few things she remembered from her mother, it was the song she sang to her. At that thought her hand raised to the necklace around her neck for a moment. "Of course Ley'ika, climb in bed cover up and I will sing to you. Close your eyes and pretend I am there singing to you like I always do."
"Mmmm Ok. " Leyna mumbled softly, and silence spread between the connection as the child moved to her bed. "Ok .."there was a slight muffling of words before they cleared. "In bed ba'vodu." another yawn sounded softly.
Telessa smiled softly once more, her body relaxing back into the chair. She pulls up her non wounded leg and wraps her arm around it. "All covered up warm and comfortable?"
"Ready for me to sing?"
"Hmm I can't remember how the music goes..Can you hum it?"
There was a giggle that came through the comm unit, "You always say that." then softly, the child began to hum the tune that has been sung to her since she was a baby.
A wide smile touched Tele's lips and she gives out a soft giggle. She lets Leyna hum the tune for a few moments before she hummed as well, then she began to sing the song. She wasn't by far a great singer, but her voice flowed gently over the words, making the sometime harsh sounding Cheunh words sound poetic.She noted that about half the way through, Leyna's humming had stopped. Tele could almost see Leyna eyes grew heavy by the blink, like she watched so many times. By the end of the song there was no noise on the other end beside soft, barely audible, sounding of Leyna's breath.
Tele listened to that silence for several long moments, a sad smile touched her lips.She adored the children, everyone knew that. Very few knew her desire to have one of her own. Leaning forward she finally cut the transmission between them. She sat back in her chair once again, her eyes looking out the front view port, at the Balamorra hanger bay she was parked in.
((Ba'vadu= Aunt or Uncle , Buir= Parents))